“In our opinion, there is no point in postponing,” says the director Joana Vicente On Variety. “Who knows, there might be a second wave of the coronavirus in October or November this year.”
TIFF takes place in early September each year, with a line-up of about three hundred films. The film festival team is determined to let the event through, even if it means fewer venues, a smaller audience or, at worst, no audience. To be sure, the organization has already started developing a kind of virtual alternative.
“We know that there are many industry members and delegates who cannot travel to Toronto because they come from all over the world,” said Vicente. “So it will be an adapted version of the festival anyway. We will also look at how we can apply social distance. Maybe not a meter and a half away, but maybe we’ll leave some chairs empty. ”
Vicente hopes to bring people back together with the festival. “If we are lucky, we will be the first major festival to take place again. Then we really take our chance to celebrate and support films, filmmakers and the industry. ”